100 wax apples
Millions of insects
A cooperation project between the Gesäuse National Park and Admont Abbey can be experienced in the third side room. The permanent exhibition tries to arouse the visitors’ appreciation of nature and especially the nearby Gesäuse National Park by sharing the passion of the researchers.
The insect collection is of particular importance, especially the collection of flies assembled by Dom Gabriel Strobl more than 100 years ago. Research on this collection continues to this day. Contacts with international institutes exist and recognized experts strive for further research and detailed classification of the specimens. Scientific works and newly written books, especially by Milan Chvála, prove the continued value of the impressive collection in the world of research.
The second side room presents all 243 exhibits of wax fruit by Dom Constantin Keller (1778–1864) in an impressive installation. A curved display case construction even lends the room a fruit-like shape. It houses the ornate one-of-a-kind items that Dom Constantin made in wax based on originals he had grown himself. The wax fruits are of the highest quality and correspond almost perfectly to their natural models. This also includes types of fruit that have largely disappeared from the world today.
The southeast pavilion offers wonderful views of the national park area and is the perfect conclusion to this “nature hike.” What was once the only room in the Natural History Museum is now dedicated to a large collection of rocks and minerals as well as a colorful display of European and native mammals and birds.